One-page résumés are taking a back seat to the idea that it's a best practice to include everything relevant from your educational and professional experience, even if that means you're floating onto page two or three. So for those of you revamping your résumé, or crafting one for the first time, here are some tips on what to keep and what to nix.
Regardless of your professional level or industry, having a Summary Statement at the top of your résumé (underneath your name and contact information) is an effective way to concisely describe who you are and what you're looking to do. It's common for job seekers to make this an "Objective Statement" detailing why they're interested in the position. But, if you're applying for the job, the interviewer already knows you're interested. Therefore, use this paragraph as a two or three-sentence section, which paints a well-rounded picture of you: what professional level you are, what makes you a good fit for the position or the company, and what makes you rise above the rest in the competitive job market.
The real "meat" of your résumé are the bullets within the Experience section that truly tell your story. If you're searching for that first job out of college, this is the place to list your internship/fellowship experience first, followed by select academic clubs, honors fraternities, and relevant coursework. These are likely your most recent affiliations that will yield transferrable skills. However, if you're searching for your third or fourth job, your experience from college becomes outdated and irrelevant. Therefore, nix it!
When listing your experience, short bullet points will allow the interviewer to quickly get a sense of your previous and/or current responsibilities. Nix the conversation fillers and extra verbiage that turn each bullet point into a long sentence. These can quickly become a laundry list of duties and tasks completed within each role when they should actually be a list of accomplishments. Ask yourself: what are/were the overarching results of each of my day-to-day tasks? How do/did I impact the bottom line? Those two questions should be reflected within each bullet point.
We all have skills. Many of us have a lot of them. But how many of your skills are relevant to the role in which you're applying for? Which ones are key differentiators between you and other candidates interviewing for the same role? This section should be a short and mighty one listing unique skills and proficiencies that ensure the recruiter you're an asset they can't live without.
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